Why Smalltalk tools can still be improved a lot

Readers of my bog know that I sometimes start to dream of a nicer, better Smalltalk environment. Smalltalk has great tools and the language and environment give you a lot of possibilities to explore the objects hanging around in your system and fixing / improving them. Developing a Smalltalk program has two components to it: … Continue reading Why Smalltalk tools can still be improved a lot

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New Camp Smalltalk Wiki

John O'Keefe and Don MacQueen from Instantiations have put up a Camp Smalltalk Wiki on Google Code. The purpose of the Wiki is to discuss possible projects and exchange ideas in preparation of Camp Smalltalk's, one of which is usually held on the weekend before or after ESUG. This year there will be a Camp … Continue reading New Camp Smalltalk Wiki

How to find out if you made progress

Shawn Blanc relates to a nice description of how you should feel when reading code that you've written months or years ago: If your old work doesn’t shame you, you’re not growing. It’s nice to look back and feel that you’ve made progress. When you look at old work, it should suck glaringly and you … Continue reading How to find out if you made progress

What sUnit could learn from jUnit [UPDATE]

The complete family of xxxUnit testing frameworks have their roots in Kent Beck's sUnit testing Framework for Smalltalk. While jUnit (the Java flavor) and sUnit were very similar for a long time, jUnit "lately" added a lot of stuff that is helpful in Java, but quite useless in Smalltalk (like Java Annotations), mostly with jUnit … Continue reading What sUnit could learn from jUnit [UPDATE]

Smalltalk Solutions 2011: Agenda is online

Last night (at least european time) the agenda for Smalltalk Solutions was put online. There are a lot of interesting talks there, and especially for VA Smalltalk fans, there is something quite new here: at least 4 talks related to this platform will be given: Diane Engles (Instantiations) > Invoking a Smalltalk Hosted Web Service … Continue reading Smalltalk Solutions 2011: Agenda is online

Smalltalk Solutions: Early Bird Registration ends monday

In case you've missed it so far (freqent readers of this blog haven't, of course...): There's ging to be a revamped Smalltalk Solutions Conference this year, held in Vegas in March. Keynote speakers are Avy Bryant (who once started Seaside with Julian) and John McIntosh (who ported Squeak onto iOS devices). Even though there is … Continue reading Smalltalk Solutions: Early Bird Registration ends monday

Build automation is social engineering

James comes up with an interesting observation: It's one thing to come up with a few simple tools to automate a build [...] The harder problem is fitting the technical siolution into the process that your project has evolved. I've been in that boat a few times (You can have a look at a talk … Continue reading Build automation is social engineering

Where to find GLORP info?

GLORP seems to be the evolving gold standard for O/R Mapping frameworks across all Smalltalk dialects. It is, however, massively under-documented. I was quite shocked to find out that even VisualWorks NC (which is the flagship Smalltalk of Cincom, Alan's employer) in its latest version 7.7 comes completely without any documentation of GLORP. At least … Continue reading Where to find GLORP info?

Instantiations’ CEO Mike Taylor te be interviewed on Independent Misinterpretations

James Robertson just announced the next episode of the Independent Misinterpretations podcast: The next podcast on the schedule will involve a look at where Instantiations is taking VA Smalltalk. Dave Buck and I will be talking to Mike Taylor, President and CEO of the company. Now that Instantiations has sold their Java Business to Google … Continue reading Instantiations’ CEO Mike Taylor te be interviewed on Independent Misinterpretations

The German Mac Keyboard is not developer friendly

I know that the vast majority of Mac users will probably not care about what I have to say today, but this is something I've hated about my Mac for a while now. Back in 2006 when I switched to a Mac, the biggest problem apart from the poor Finder GUI is the fact that … Continue reading The German Mac Keyboard is not developer friendly